In response to Catalonia’s constitutional crisis, Sujit Choudhry wrote a letter entitled “ A Plea for Dialogue: An Open Letter on Catalonia. The recipients of this open letter were the Spanish and Catalan heads of government. The overriding theme of this letter was a passionate call by the high profile International Law scholars beseeching the two leaders to act in good faith and open up for a constitutional dialogue.

In this letter, Sujit, who is also the founding director of Center for Constitutional Translations requested the Catalonian head of government to express steadfast commitment to efforts of seceding from Spain. The architects of this letter, together with Sujit Choudhry opines that the Catalonian president ought to show that he can conduct a referendum to let the citizens of his jurisdiction express their best interests. Ultimately, Spain’s prime minister needs to understand that Catalans want to secede from Spain and he should not afford to frustrate their desires.  Read an important interview of the professor, hit on

The authors see an amicable settlement of the constitutional crisis subject to goodwill from the two antagonists failure to which the core ideas of European Union will be greatly undermined. The scholars, in their letter, expresses no iota of doubt in the belief that Rajoy, the Spain head of government has no concern on Catalina’s people aspirations to secede.

They are scared for Catalina that if Rajoy tendencies are not tamed then, his actions will culminate in violation of a Catalonian right to autonomy. Choudhry posits that Mr. Rajoy has no option but refrain from being a hardliner when dealing with Catalan issues and must come to terms with the outcome of the referendum.  Additional article on

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Sujit Choudhry is a full professor of Law, at the University of California at Berkeley Law School. His prowess in politics and the comparative constitutional law has earned him the reputation. Choudhry is a consultant, an advisor to foreign dignitaries who want to come up with constitutions for their nations.  Read his tweets, visit his page.

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